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How to grow Pumpkin

Planting Months

April - June

Harvest Months

September - November
 Pumpkin plant

The amount of plants a family of four will need depends on the number of pumpkins you want. Each plant will generally grow one pumpkin. So have as many plants as you want pumpkins.

Planting guide

It is a good idea to plant multiple seeds at once in the same pot and weed out the weakest ones and leave the strongest to grow. Some of your seeds may not germinate but this is natural and the reason we plant multiple seeds. The best place to start them is indoors in a sunny windowsill. The best time for sowing indoors is around mid-March to April but check the packet to be sure. To plant outdoors they can be planted in late May.

This plant needs to be started off in a smaller pot/seed tray indoors for 6-8 weeks. When starting plants indoors you will need to slowly introduce the sunlight to them. You can do this by starting off by taking them outside for a few hours and then the next day leave them out longer and the next day even longer until for about 2 weeks.

Growing Tips

Pumpkins need to be planted around 3 feet apart, this is because they grow long trailing stems. They can be trained in a way as the picture below shows. This shows two plants with the stem going one way and two plants with the stem going the other way. This is the best way to cram as many plants as you can into a smaller space.

Pumpkin maximise space used diagram

The best soil to plant the pumpkins in is soil that has been mulched with manure. This is because they are very nutrient hungry plants. The more they are fed the more they will grow. They need to be fed while they are flowering and fruiting at around every 2 weeks. They can be fed an ash-based feed. They can also be fed chicken manure pellets but the ash feed is better.

Pumpkins drink a lot of water and need to be watered often. Ideally once or twice a day, or better when the soil has dried out around an inch deep. They are hard to overwater and need to be soaked. For example, when it rains they are being watered for a long period of time, you need to mimic this when you are watering. Some people plant them inside pots in the ground to get the most water to the roots.

The best time to harvest them is when they are the size you want and they are a nice orange colour. Ideally, you will want one pumpkin per plant or each long trailing stem. This is to promote the biggest pumpkin. So once you see a pumpkin growing you need to remove any further pumpkins from the plant.

How to grow Pumpkin

 Pumpkin plant

Planting Months

April - June

Harvest Months

September - November

The amount of plants a family of four will need depends on the number of pumpkins you want. Each plant will generally grow one pumpkin. So have as many plants as you want pumpkins.

Planting guide

It is a good idea to plant multiple seeds at once in the same pot and weed out the weakest ones and leave the strongest to grow. Some of your seeds may not germinate but this is natural and the reason we plant multiple seeds. The best place to start them is indoors in a sunny windowsill. The best time for sowing indoors is around mid-March to April but check the packet to be sure. To plant outdoors they can be planted in late May.

This plant needs to be started off in a smaller pot/seed tray indoors for 6-8 weeks. When starting plants indoors you will need to slowly introduce the sunlight to them. You can do this by starting off by taking them outside for a few hours and then the next day leave them out longer and the next day even longer until for about 2 weeks.

Growing Tips

Pumpkins need to be planted around 3 feet apart, this is because they grow long trailing stems. They can be trained in a way as the picture below shows. This shows two plants with the stem going one way and two plants with the stem going the other way. This is the best way to cram as many plants as you can into a smaller space.

Pumpkin maximise space used diagram

The best soil to plant the pumpkins in is soil that has been mulched with manure. This is because they are very nutrient hungry plants. The more they are fed the more they will grow. They need to be fed while they are flowering and fruiting at around every 2 weeks. They can be fed an ash-based feed. They can also be fed chicken manure pellets but the ash feed is better.

Pumpkins drink a lot of water and need to be watered often. Ideally once or twice a day, or better when the soil has dried out around an inch deep. They are hard to overwater and need to be soaked. For example, when it rains they are being watered for a long period of time, you need to mimic this when you are watering. Some people plant them inside pots in the ground to get the most water to the roots.

The best time to harvest them is when they are the size you want and they are a nice orange colour. Ideally, you will want one pumpkin per plant or each long trailing stem. This is to promote the biggest pumpkin. So once you see a pumpkin growing you need to remove any further pumpkins from the plant.